21 July 2017

Chester Bennington’s California mansion is sealed off by cops after Linkin Park star is found hanged aged 41 on the birthday of his late pal Chris Cornell

THIS is the Los Angeles mansion where the body of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington was found.

Dozens of disorientated family, friends and police officers were last night pictured outside the Palos Verdes home.

This is the LA home where the body of Linkin Park rocket Chester Bennington was found by a shocked employee yesterday
Police officers were pictured at the scene, with a single red Mercedes parked in the garage of the LA home
Police officers were pictured at the scene last night as the death shook the showbiz world
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Shocked friends and police officers gathered outside the home as news of Bennington’s death emerged
Several police cars were pictured at the scene in Los Angeles
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His family are believed to have been away when Bennington, 41, took his own life, TMZ reported.

Those inside the California home erected makeshift barriers to stop intrusion into the property while a single red Mercedes sports car could be see parked in the garage.

Bennington’s death is being treated as suicide and he is feared to have hanged himself on the birthday of pal Chris Cornell, who also committed suicide just two months ago.

He penned a heartfelt tribute to the Soundgarden rocker in the aftermath of his death and performed at his funeral.

The dad-of-six rocker’s former bandmate Mike Shinoda last night said: “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”

Bennington’s body is believed to have been discovered by an employee just before 9am local time yesterday.

The singer is survived by his wife of twelve years, Talinda and six children – Jamie, 21, Isaiah, 19, Draven, 15, Tyler Lee, 11, and Lily and Lila, 7.

Chester, whose band Linkin Park spawned hit rock songs including In The End, Numb and Breaking the Habit, often focused his lyrics on personal struggle, depression and addiction.

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Chester Bennington was found dead in a private residence in Los Angeles[/caption]

Chester was seen smiling in the studio with his band mates and producer Watsky just FIVE days before his death
Chester’s band Linkin Park helped front a new wave of rock in the early 2000s
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Music video for the Linkin Park hit song 'Heavy' featuring Kiiara on guest vocals

Mike Shinoda, who also provides vocals for the band, confirmed the news on Twitter and wrote: “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”

One of the band’s latest singles, Heavy, released four months ago, focused on the topic of depression.

It contained haunting lyrics including: “I don’t like my mind right now // Stacking up problems that are so unnecessary // Wish that I could slow things down”

In the chorus, he talks about how he is dragging around issues that are bringing him down before chillingly adding: “If I just let go, I’d be set free.”

He had also previously spoken about a previous battle with drug addiction, alcoholism and depression – admitting in December last year that he was even at one point on crack and crystal meth.

The star told Metal Hammer magazine: “I was on 11 hits of acid a day. I dropped so much acid I’m surprised I can still speak! I’d smoke a bunch of crack, do a bit of meth and just sit there and freak out. Then I’d smoke opium to come down.

“I weighed 110 pounds. My mom said I looked like I stepped out of Auschwitz. So I used pot to get off drugs.”

He had also previously revealed that he was molested at the age of seven by an unknown adult, and said: “If I think back to when I was really young, to when I was being molested, to when all these horrible things were going on around me, I shudder.”

Linkin Park is one of the 21st century's leading rock icons
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Chester is survived by his wife and six children
Chester Bennington's final Linkin Park video, Talking to Myself

However, just days before his death, he was seen in the recording studio with his bandmates and Watsky, suggesting that he was currently in the process of collaborating with him.

He was also reported to have made plans for a photoshoot in Hollywood the day he was found – and a bandmate arrived at the scene to collect him shortly after the police arrived.

The singer’s death comes on the birthday of his close pal Chris Cornell – the Soundgarden frontman who was found hanged in his hotel room back in May.

Music video for the Linkin Park hit song 'Numb' from the hit album 'Meteora'
Chester was close pals with Chris Cornell, who committed suicide in May
Bennington posted a heartbreaking tribute to pal Chris Cornell after his suicide in May
Bennington performed song Hallelujah at Cornell's funeral in May
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Linkin Park – which is currently completed by Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, Rob Bourdon and Brad Delson – hit the limelight with their debut album Hybrid Theory in 1999.

Their global success continued with hit album Meteora in 2003.

Throughout their 21-year career, Chester acted as head lyricist for their songs.

They later became a crossover hit thanks to a collaborative album with Jay-Z in 2004, titled Collision Course.

The musicians combined their hip-hop styles and rap tracks together and created a new album using their hits, including Numb/Encore.

Their latest album, One More Light, was released earlier this year and they have only just returned from a UK tour which included performances at London’s O2 Arena on July 3

Chester had been open about his struggles in the past – including abuse as a child
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The band were working on new material before his death
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They were due to start a tour with pop-punk band Blink 182, who are performing at the O2 tonight, next week.

Just three hours before Chester’s death was announced, the band had released the new music video for their latest offering, Talking to Myself.

The now poignant video followed the shenanigans of the band while on tour in a split screen montage, and saw them travel the world together.

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